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Poster: bangtailpoet Date: Nov 22, 2005 3:18pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: PROTEST INFORMATION

It's not a matter of being ungrateful and not supporting the artists. For what it's worth, here is the letter I've emailed to gdstore.com, and will reiterate in a written letter tomorrow:

To Whom it may concern:

I am writing to voice my disappointment about the recent decision to remove Grateful Dead soundboard recordings from the Live Music Archive. While I fully recognize and respect the rights of the artists to do as they choose with their work, I feel this is a mistake on a number of levels. In many cases, I was willing to buy a product because I was able to hear what it sounded like before purchasing it. I have even purchased official versions of shows I already had acquired as free soundboards through the LMA because I had fallen in love with the music and felt an obligation to support the artists. Knowing that the Dead allowed so much free music to circulate in the world made me want to patronize them, and I never hesitated to buy tickets, music, or video releases. Now, I am forced to rethink my feelings.

I should also add that I feel the organization is shooting itself in the foot by alienating its most loyal fan base, and throwing away a marketing tool that has surely brought in countless thousands of dollars to the Grateful Dead.

I hope that you will see that this is a mistake and rethink your position.

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Poster: swedishhead Date: Nov 22, 2005 3:28pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: PROTEST INFORMATION

absolutely - well put! lets all send letters.

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Poster: estimatedeyes77 Date: Nov 22, 2005 3:47pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: PROTEST INFORMATION

I'm behind this protest 100%
Boycott all the way.

Guess my friends will be getting burnt copies of shows for xmas this year. No more dicks picks untill the archive is back online.